October 13, 2013 Subject:
forget the stars
Nobody wants to mention the guests playing with the Dead on Caution and elsewhere? I don't think that's Bobby trying to figure out the chords to Lovelight. A previous poster who attended this show notes the presence of guests onstage. A photograph of the band onstage does not show any guests (or Mickey, but he is on the recording). Canned Heat and Mad River did not have keyboardists but someone unknown to me takes a solo in Caution. Pigpen had recently returned, so maybe a guest sat in on the Hammond for the last part of the show, and maybe another guitarist sat in during Lovelight.
So how about some research, guys, instead of all the star ratings and "best of" comments. That does not enhance my enjoyment of the recording if you don't tell me what you like about it.
Hey, beantown adc: these are pop songs, not sermons. Are you as annoyed by Mexicali Blues as you are by GMLS? What about the Mass Murder in Me And My Uncle, the killings in El Paso or the murder fantasy in Candyman? To say nothing about the rest of the musical world throughout history, including gangster rap, in some cases performed by actual gangsters. And the reason Phil "jumps out" at you is because he is way up in the mix at the beginning of the show. Otherwise I loved your comment.
October 22, 2012 Subject:
This will blow your mind, it sure made a mess of mine. FOr a full review:
November 13, 2010 Subject:
I hate to admit it but for many of my deadhead years I was never much of a fan of early Dead. A few years ago I started paying more attention to '68,'69 shows and began to appreciate their roots more and more. This show is a perfect example of why. The energy is palatable...........I defy anybody to sit still while listening to this show. Great show, outta sight sound especially for a recording from 1968. All other faults overlooked. Highly recommended.
November 13, 2010 Subject:
Can never go wrong with a Miller recording
Very nice and for true sound always look for a Chuck miller Tape.
May 11, 2010 Subject:
wow what sound quality and all the boys are on fire. I especially like how in your face phil is in the mix. just like all the reviewers before me have said......this show is straight fire!! short set but some of the most beautiful sounds to come outta 68...or period. u decide!!
March 24, 2010 Subject:
intense, to say the least
The Eleven>Caution is one for the ages...
ABSOLUTELY. IN. YOUR. FACE.
highest possible recommendation
March 15, 2010 Subject:
One of the best of the 1968
I’ve listened to almost all of the ’68 shows hear at Archive, as well as those that the Dead released. This one is as good as the February/March shows, and a few from August. One of the rare features it that not only is the “Live Dead” set list top notch, but the Anthem of the Sun material is also excellent. This show compares well to many ’69 shows as well.
This tape starts with an exceptional Schoolgirl, already in progress. The jamming and Pig’s vocals are fresh and exciting. In the second half, Jerry lays back and Phil has an extended solo, a real treat for Phil fans.
The jamming in Lovelight is similarly hot in spots. It doesn’t quite gel like some of the ’69 shows, but it is a good Lovelight none-the-less.
The show gets serious with Dark Star is one of best in the golden age of Dark Stars. Moody and lyrical, it flows hear and there, but is a well-crafted composition. Nothing compares to it after 1970.
Next is a Live-Dead-style St. Stephen (in which Jerry cooks) and The Eleven. St. Stephen is perfect, and the Eleven rips--as good as any in 1969. Jerry and Phil duel it out in the first part, then Jerry takes off. Then something unusual happens towards the end: Caution. In this period, The Eleven sometimes transitions into Death Don’t have no mercy. The Eleven into Caution was not common, but it works well here, an interesting transition from Live-Dead-style back into Anthem of the Sun material. The transition is completely seemless.
Pipen’s organ starts off Caution, then he begins his rap with a call-and-response. Things get decidedly more pychedelic. The Caution jam kicks in, wild, electric, exciting, but tight and musical. Just dynamite. Things calm down a bit, then revs back up to a short climax, then a transition into feedback.
Unlike the space of later years (which often signaled time for a bathroom break), this feedback is a compelling group composition that holds your attention. In the end, it transitions smoothly into the 60-cycle hum of the PA.
This show is worthy of many repeat listens.
October 27, 2009 Subject:
Lil School Girl
OK, so I've never been the biggest Pigpen fan (just a matter of taste...there's a skeeze factor there that's always seemed a little contra-punctual to the vibe that initially drew me to the dead ~ 30 years ago...too much Okie by way of the Bakersfield Hells Angels chapter for my liking.) GMLSg -- which is basically an ode to pedophilia -- has always typified that quality, and so I've often just skipped it after the first few bars.
Having said that, this version is incredibly intense -- it's mostly Phil (if it is Phil...some of the notes suggest that others sat in, and though this sounds like Phil in a later age, nothing from '68 has jumped out at me like this). He's just awesome here -- just right in the mix, bounding all over the place like a Great Dane on 'shrooms, and with that slightly crunchy sound that became prevalent later on.
My only regret is that Bobby seems to be back in the mix (which may be why we hear Phil so clearly). You have to really concentrate to hear him. Too bad, because he's killing it.
Somebody called this show overrated, and even though I'm only through GMLSg and Lovelight as I write this, I can't see where that would seem to apply.
October 20, 2009 Subject:
Great Show, fun banter at end of Lovelight
Jerry: After a long airlines flight, a long hassle at the airport with the computer, we finally managed to uh
Bobby: You cybernetics students
JG: To get here to Fresno, or is it...
Phil: Wait a minute, I thought this was Turlock
Pig: Right where the map said it was
Jerry: We're not doing anything good today
Pig: Get that dog out of here by God Jim or I'll drill it
Phil: Now this one, this one's for dancing
Seems to be a crossfade from Lovelight into Dark Star, so Dark Star begins already in progress, probably not much missing though
January 20, 2009 Subject:
The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" October 20, 1968 at the Greek Theatre University of California, Berkekely California, U.S.A.
5 for the mix
5 for the recording
5 for the performance
It wasn't radio that made the GRATEFUL DEAD popular, it was the Acid Tests.
The IA recommends RealPlayer for streaming and downloading for users of Windows XP.
Wonderful show, A must have for any collector of 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD. 1968...a magical year.
Berkeley 1968 was the Capital of anti-war movement and the counter culture movement. This was their anthem.
Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the love from 1968.
July 18, 2008 Subject:
I've been obsessed with the Grateful Dead for the past 4 years now. They've taken over my whole life but I have finally found a concert that has made me speechless the whole time I listened to it. And it's this one.
You see, inside the album sleeve for Anthem of the Sun are two pictures of the band playing at the Greek. When I attended the Comes A Time tribute to Jerry Garcia in 2005, I remembered that I had pictures of the Dead playing there back in the 60s. So, when my dad and I got home from that long drive (Berkeley to Half Moon Bay), the first thing I did was download this concert. The last concert I downloaded before they took everything down (though there were two more that I got soon afterward that didn't require streaming). When I first heard the concert, I was disappointed. No, it wasn't bad but to my ears 3 years ago, it didn't seem to be primal Dead madness. But listening to it again a few days ago, I am in awe at the magic of this playing. I really don't care if Schoolgirl and Dark Star are cut off at the end. It's really the great music that counts right. And that jarring silence after the greatest Feedback of all time. This concert should be released on album.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt
January 26, 2008 Subject:
I was an attendee and uncredited co-sponsor in the supreme amalgamation of this indefinably gorgeous afternoon concert. Perfect weather. Sweet vibes.
As I recall, there were other bands on before the GD. And, guests and friends of some of those bands played with the Dead that day and members of the Dead played with them that day. Sort of like an Olompali family affair. Just playing around by the pool - the background: children screaming in glee, the foreground: lots of amusing stage banter between chatting with the audience during breaks.
This is a beautiful recording. Every song is a torch.
Even "Feedback" is riveting.
Everyone went home on a high note that day.
December 4, 2007 Subject:
Gotta love Garcia's guitar at the beginnning of Dark Star ... a special month indeed, including this show, the Avalon shows, and the Silver Dollar Faire gig at Chico on November 1 (perhaps an even better recording of this particular guitar sound).
Eat it up.
December 4, 2007 Subject:
Just for using foul language, and giving her your own good deeds in trade of talking behind her back -- no, you don't get info on how to get this show! Thank God we can edit reviews by clicking Review again.
I really liked The Eleven and Caution> esp. Very pleasant in both performance and sound. But it's a bit short, has a slight buzz in Lovelight, and is missing the burst of energy of the '68 Other Ones, so 4.5 for me.
December 3, 2007 Subject:
Screw Jerry's Late Wife
Screw that bitch for making it impossible to find this show anywhere for me to download to my iPod
If ANYONE with a kind heart has this show, please email me
April 12, 2007 Subject:
Absolutly Annihilating, Were there any survivors?
December 19, 2006 Subject:
truly an overall amazing show. Now i know why people say i peaked at the greek. Phil s so nasty on schoolgirl, jerry with amazing fills on lovelight, dark star drips with goo, st. stepehn is played with such passion the eleven explodes and into caution... enough said. Not to mention great sound
May 27, 2006 Subject:
one of my favorites on this whole site - no doubt+
January 31, 2006 Subject:
Hey? If geronimo1 likes it, God Damn it must be good!
Cause' he don't take none of that 3 second shit!
October 7, 2005 Subject:
Schoolgirl Bad, Rest Good
Yes, this is a great performance. Dark Star & The Eleven rip. Sound is great on every song EXCEPT schoolgirl. Since no one else has mentioned it, I thought I would point out that Garcia's guitar *very* faint until Lovelight. However, if you want a bass lesson, pan the balance to the right on Scoolgirl. It's all phil over there. Rest of the show is tight, though.
September 28, 2005 Subject:
Hell yeah! This is smokin'! Damn I need to listen to more 1967-1969 shows. This is how St. Stephen was meant to be played....not like the sluggish late 70s version.
Reviewer:whirlwind dreamer 65-95
September 16, 2005 Subject:
this version is really sweet, jerry just flows with this raw energy!! a+ sound believe it, if ya, need it.or leave it, if you dare!!
August 19, 2005 Subject:
ABSOLUTELY AND FLAWLESSLY INCREDIBLE!!!
August 17, 2005 Subject:
Garcia is hypnotized by his playing in the Eleven. The 3 note reptition he plays goes on and on like his tranced...
May 19, 2005 Subject:
Listenin' to DS right now and it's like your sitting in the fifth row. Excellent recording.
The band was on... everybody.
Just get it, burn it and share it.
Thanks again to everybody uploading, and you folks at the Archive who take care of all this music.
March 30, 2005 Subject:
effin tasty, man... great sound, performance...
March 29, 2005 Subject:
Great show! Lovelight is rockin' Pigpen sounds tip-top. Phil is in charge at this show! listen to the caution>Feedback...Amazing! Burn this show and give it to as many people as you can...
January 3, 2005 Subject:
I was really amazed at not only the playing, but the sound quality of this show is phenomenal. Every instrument and vocal is crystal clear. The feedback at this show is very creative. Definitely for any fan of the primal Dead.
October 4, 2004 Subject:
Packed with energy and while just a snippet of a larger set I think this is great stuff.... Pig is rocking...
August 8, 2004 Subject:
i have to agree
what sweet quality!! This is a nice representation of what Jerry and the guys were up to in 68.....i cannot believe the sound of this boot.....unreal only at the greek!!!! this kind of leads up to the real long dark stars of 69 but this is still some mean playing ------ the dead were so good
June 27, 2004 Subject:
Considering the flaws that are on the source recording of this little nugget, it's refreshing to hear a cleaned up version. The Taper's Compendium only rates this show B quality. I'd give it an A- now. The beautiful Dark Star at this show is worth the download alone. Would love to hear from someone that was at this show. Why it took the Dead another 13 years to play the Greek remains a serious mystery.
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